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Old 08-14-2011, 09:11 AM
 
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A rental property was recently broken into while occupied by a young single mother and her child. During the attack, the woman was stabbed multiple times. During the investigation the police noted that the front door was capable of being unlocked with several different keys as long as they were of similar size to the actual key, and that the rear sliding doors were not seated and thus latching properly.

When the woman approached the landlord in order to seek terms for an early release from her lease, her landlords response was that full contract termination penalties applied because ...

Traumatized homeowners don't move because something like this happens to them, but they do take the steps needed to help themselves feel safe. The first step being to realize that it can and does happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime. That can't diminish the pain, it just helps put it in perspective

This property will go up for rent soon...be sure to ask about your own safety. Even more so, if your daughter, sister, niece, or best friend is moving there make sure they ask.
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Old 08-14-2011, 09:20 AM
 
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Ask about what? Getting out of a lease early?

I think some responsibility goes to the tenant to make sure the place is safe & secure, IF the sliding glass door does not close/lock, get the owner to fix it, and until s/he does you put a wooden stick in the track so it does not just open. The tenant can change the lock on the front door, and supply a key to the owner, or put a inside only deadbolt on the door, so it can be locked when s/he is inside so any keys that are floating around will open the key lock, but the door will stay closed due to the inside deadbolt.

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